Troy Sachs will go down in history as one of the most talented athletes that wheelchair basketball has ever seen. His combination of natural talent, physical capabilities and strong work ethic, enabled him to be as successful as he could in the sport.
Troy commenced playing wheelchair basketball in 1991 and he hasn’t looked back since.
His first selection in any form of representative Wheelchair Basketball came in 1992 when he represented Australia. From that day forward he had many more years of high-intensity basketball to look forward to.
Travelling the globe for the sport he was passionate about led Troy to some amazing destinations. In 1992 he was selected in the Australian team to compete at the Paralympic Games in Barcelona.
Stats play a huge part in a basketball match. Win, lose or draw, they are what separates teams. At the Atlanta Paralympics in 1996, Troy won a gold medal and scored a world record number of points. Troy could do no wrong scoring 42 points.
The country gave him what he deserved and in 1996 Sachs won the Most Outstanding Individual Performance at the Paralympic Games in Atlanta. The Australian Paralympic committee couldn’t overlook the talented individual for their decision.
In 1997, for all his pride and fighting spirit for our country, he received a Medal of the Order of Australia.
Troy played wheelchair basketball in Western Sydney and whether it was for the Slicks or the Razorbacks, he always succeeded. In 1998 he helped guide the Slicks to a league championship. And in 2001 he won a championship with the Razorbacks.
Troy’s talent in the sport is undeniable and between 1998 to 2001 and then again in 2002, he was the Australian National Wheelchair Basketball League MVP. He was part of the All-Star Five and was the Highest scorer.
His ability to take any competition by storm was noticed and in 1998 he got the opportunity to move to the USA and play for the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks until 2000. In that time he won three consecutive league Championships and was named in the All-Star Five in the US National Wheelchair Basketball Association in 1998 and 1999.
Some of his other achievements include:
• Representing Australia at the World Championships in 1998 and 2002.
• Captained the Rollers at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic games.
• Captained the Rollers to silver at the 2004 Paralympic games in Athens.
• In 2008, captained the Rollers to a Gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Beijing.
• Won a gold at the 2009 Rollers World Challenge.